The question, “If I were President I’d…” implies that if you swap out one leader, put in another, then all will be well with America—as though our leaders are the cause of all ailments.
That must be why we’ve created a tradition of rampant attacks on our politicians. Are they too conservative for you? Too liberal? Too religious? Too atheist? Too gay? Too anti-gay? Too rich? Too dumb? Too smart? Too ethnic? Too philanderous? Curious behavior, given that we elect 88% of Congress every two years.
A second tradition-in-progress is the expectation that everyone else in our culturally pluralistic land should hold exactly your own outlook, on all issues.
When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different to you. It’s a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths of the world that exist outside of whatever your belief system tells you.
One objective reality is that our government doesn’t work, not because we have dysfunctional politicians, but because we have dysfunctional voters. As a scientist and educator, my goal, then, is not to become President and lead a dysfunctional electorate, but to enlighten the electorate so they might choose the right leaders in the first place.
This is a beautiful, informative and insightful article all men everyone needs to read for a more intimate understanding of the biological/neurological awe we continue to acquire via neuroscience. Not to mention the signal boost this deserves for the incredibly important bridge between ignorance and knowledge it provides for women’s rights, among many other things. Read the article from brainpickings for more.
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I know far too much about Star Wars. And so, so much of this is in relation to the Expanded Universe (aka the EU,) which is basically the official uber-geek term for Star Wars books and comics. Don…
I think Thrawn is my favorite antagonist of the Star Wars expanded universe. (I have read quite a few, but definitely not nearly all or even half of what is out there) Needless to say, I love the Thrawn trilogy. Personally, I would recommend Outbound Flight too, as I enjoyed hearing more of Jorus C’Boath and the Outbound Flight project and also the first appearance of [a much younger] Thrawn. Fuck Yeah Mitth’raw’nuruodo!